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Scientific Co-worker
Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion

  • Jul. 17, 2017
  • Scientific Co-worker
  • Heterogenous Catalysis
  • Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
    Muelheim an der Ruhr, North-Rhine Westphalia
  • Aug. 15, 2017
  • Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Chemistry - Physical
    Chemistry - Inorganic
    Chemistry - General
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Within a bilateral project with a partner from the chemical industry, both, industrially used catalysts for the ammonia synthesis as well as model catalysts will be investigated concerning their structure-activity-relation. The aim is to get a deeper insight into the active site of the heterogeneously catalyzed ammonia synthesis. Therefore, a broad spectrum of characterization techniques will be applied in combination with steady state and transient kinetic experiments.

A close collaboration with the industrial partner will be mandatory.

The position is to be filled as soon as possible and is (as a start) for a fixed term until the end of the project (5th of June 2019). For the work, which has to be performed at the „Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft" in Berlin mainly, we are searching for a
Scientific Co-worker

Your tasks:

  • Characterization study of industrially applied ammonia synthesis catalysts and model catalysts for ammonia synthesis
  • Conceptual and content-related planning and development of the characterization study
  • Selection of the suited characterization techniques like e.g. XRD, Moessbauer spectroscopy, electron microscopy, etc.
  • Scientific support of steady state and transient kinetic investigation (TPR, TPO, and TPD) of the ammonia synthesis catalysts
  • Information and communication within the project
  • Reports to the scientific leader of the Catalytic Technology group in Mülheim an der Ruhr
  • Literature review

Your requirements:

  • PhD degree in natural science or engineering with focus on chemistry or chemical technology
  • Experience in the characterization of heterogeneous catalysts
  • Preferentially, relevant professional experience in the field of chemistry
  • Experience in the field of ammonia synthesis is advantageous
  • Preferentially, experience in steady state and transient kinetic experiments and their simulation
  • Readiness for frequent business travels, especially to the Ruhr-area to Mülheim
  • Self-confident manner when dealing with co-workers, customers, and partners
  • Scientific mode of expression while speaking and writing in English and, preferentially, in German

We are looking for a self-motivated personality with independent, target-oriented, and systematic operation. A high degree of self-initiative, resilience, creativity, and flexibility, as well as collaborative skills are prerequisites.

The position will be remunerated according to the labor agreement for public service (TVöD).

The Max Planck Society explicitly encourages women to apply. Furthermore, the Max Planck Society wishes to increase the number of individuals with disabilities in its workforce and therefore encourages applications from such qualified individuals.

Please send your application in digital form to Dr. Kevin Kähler ( Please state the reference code "ammonia KK002" in your application. Application documents must include a cover letter with description of past experience, curriculum vitae, and a copy of your degree certificate. Closing date is August 15th 2017.

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Contact Information

  • Kevin Kähler
    Max-Planck-Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
    Stiftstrasse 34-36
    Muelheim an Der Ruhr, North-Rhine Westphalia 45470


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